The Brothers Karamazov

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Olga, Marfa, and Grigory

Olga:  “What are they fighting about?  Is it Smerdyakov again?  What is he trying to accomplish, aggravating the gentlemen like he does?”


Marfa:  “Gentlemen?  If you ask me, none of them are gentlemen.  They treat each other like animals.  What do they fight about?  On the surface, money.  But in their hearts, they are consumed with arguing about faith. One says there is a God; another says there is no God; all of them declare their love for one another; and then it all goes bad (133 – 134).    But I know why Grigory is so upset: Smerdyakov insulted him, as he always does, saying that if faith moved mountains, and if Grigory couldn’t move them, then he must have inferior faith. I can’t make heads nor tails of it.  Smerdyakov is dying to prove that Grigory’s faith is useless.  But what use is “proof” when it comes to believing in God?


Grigory:  (muttering to no one in particular)  “And he dared to raise his hand to me!  To me!  Who took care of him!  Who was a true father to him!  Doesn’t it count that I was kind to him when he was a boy?  Doesn’t kindness to children mean anything at all?” (140).

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